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U.S. Wyoming governor tests positive for COVID-19

27 Nov 2020, 06:51 GMT+10

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- Governor of the U.S. state of Wyoming Mark Gordon has tested positive for COVID-19.

"Governor Mark Gordon received results today of a COVID-19 test that showed he is positive for the virus. He only has minor symptoms at this time and plans to continue working on behalf of Wyoming remotely," said a press release issued by Gordon's office Wednesday.

Wyoming, a landlocked state in the western United States with a population of about 600,000, has experienced a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations this month like many other states. As of Thursday, the state reported 26,677 infections, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

Gordon announced new coronavirus restrictions last week, but refused to issue a mask mandate, making Wyoming one of 13 states without a face covering requirement so far.

Gordon has become the latest governor to test positive for the virus following Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, Missouri Governor Mike Parson and Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt.

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